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American Wine Society plans event

The Laurel Highlands Chapter of the American Wine Society will hold its bi-monthly event at 3 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Altoona Grand Hotel ballroom.

Most members are from the Altoona/Hollidaysburg area.

The theme is “Wine, Chocolate and Valentine’s Day.”

Chapter chair, Annette Lewis, will conduct the meeting in person and virtually for those with ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

The in-person meeting will follow current COVID-19 guidelines of wearing a mask into the meeting room and anytime you leave your table. Tables will be spaced appropriately. A catered meal will be served by the Altoona Grand in lieu of bringing food in to share. For those who attend virtually, a list of the wines that will be tasted will be provided.

The AWS is the largest consumer-based wine education organization is the United States. A nonprofit group, the AWS is devoted to educating people on all aspects of wine. Its members include wine novices, experts, grape growers, amateur and professional wine makers, chefs, wine appreciators, wine educators, restaurateurs and anyone wanting to learn more about wine.

There is a national dues requirement to join a local chapter, as well as local chapter dues.

This event is for people over the age of 21, and there is a fee involved to cover the wine, room rental and food. Contact chapter chair Annette Lewis at

lewisannette199@yahoo.com for further information.

Extension offers ‘Dining with Diabetes’

UNIVERSITY PARK — Individuals who want to learn how to better manage diabetes now can take a webinar offered by the Penn State Cooperative Extension.

“Dining with Diabetes” is a diabetes education program taught by extension educators across Pennsylvania. It is geared toward anyone who has type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, has a family member with type 2 diabetes, or is at risk for developing diabetes.

The classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2 and 9, with a follow-up class on May 11.

The course is divided into five sections: what is diabetes; meal planning, serving sizes and carbohydrate counting; heart-healthy eating; medications, monitoring, and goal setting; and dining out.

Each section will provide participants with valuable information designed to help manage diabetes.

The sections are designed to be viewed individually, so participants can choose the order in which they move through the course. Booklets and supplementary handouts can be found in each section and can be viewed as often as needed.

For more information or to register, visit extension.psu.edu/dining-with-diabetes-webinar.

Area clubs and nonprofits can email articles and photos to community@altoonamirror.com. For more information, call Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, at 946-7459.

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